Cathedral News

Thomas Merton’s Lenten Prayer of the Desert
Cathedral Undercroft
Sunday, March 4, after 9:30 am Mass
Presented by parishioner Mark Meade.
Mr. Meade is the Assistant Director of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University, the current President of the International Thomas Merton Society.  Coffee and donuts will be served.   

The Sacred Rite of Fasting in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Sunday, March 18, 3:30-5 pm
Cathedral Undercroft—Free and Open to Public - click for details

Cathedral Golden Stars

On March 14, the Golden Stars will have an early St. Patrick’s Day lunch at 12 Noon at the Molly Malones located at 3900 Shelbyville Road, 40207, in St. Matthews.  Please wear your favorite green and come help us toast to St. Paddy’s Day.  Please contact Brenda McWaters at 502-641-1575 or  brendamac40@hotmail.com.

Don’t Sit Home in April!! Please join us for  an all you can eat dinner and an Award nominated play. It’s MAMA MIA! April 4 - Doors open at 6 pm and the play starts at 7:45 pm. Derby Dinner Playhouse is located on 525 Marriott Dr. in Clarksville Indiana.  Please contact Brenda McWaters at 502-641-1575 or brendamac40@hotmail.com and please sign up by March 14. If we have 20 to sign up the group rate is $39 per person. If any of you attended our last event there, Sister Act, the play was great and the food was delicious. Please join us for another fun evening!

Cathedral Choir Dinner and Entertainment Fundraiser

The Cathedral of the Assumption Choir is pleased to present The Gospel According to Mark on Saturday, March 10, 2018, after the 5:30 Mass at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 South Fifth Street.  The show features Derby Dinner Playhouse veteran J.R. Stuart in a solo performance as Mark Twain during two different time periods in Mr. Twain’s life.  Recommended for ages 13 and over, this evening of laughter and social commentary has been delighting audiences for decades. There is a $30 suggested donation for the dinner and show and a $20 suggested donation for the show only. All proceeds will go towards the Cathedral Choir’s trip to Washington DC this summer. Make your RSVP today!  Contact DeveVetter@gmail.com 502.439.5151. Also included is a musical preshow by choir members Rick and Shaune Rebilas and Greg and Natalie Wood with Dr. Philip Brisson.

Archdiocese of Louisville Catholic Women's Conference, Saturday March 10 - Register by March 1. Click for details.

Check out The Record article featuring parishioner Linda Squire and Opioid Epidemic. 

Want to check out some 360 degree photos of the Cathedral? Kelsey Hillary of sanctum360.org took photos today. Click here to see them.

Cathedral featured in music video of "Say a Prayer."  Click here to view.   

Vatican Observatory highlights Msgr. Bouchet's telescope housed in the Archdiocese of Louisville History Center. Click here to check it out!!!!

Tek4Kids, Inc. (Gary and Cathy Boice’s nonprofit) uses education and technology to break the poverty cycle in Haiti.  They provide existing schools in Haiti with clean water, electricity, computers and teachers.  Children share clean water with their families, reducing instances of cholera and waterborne illnesses. Students that receive computer skills from the Tek4Kids program will be able to find much more advanced jobs despite the high unemployment rate in the area. To learn more about Tek4Kids, visit www.tek4kids.org


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Dr. Philip Brisson

Dr. Philip Brisson is Director of Music and Organist at the Catholic Cathedral of the Assumption in downtown Louisville, the third oldest Catholic Cathedral in the country. In addition to leading the Cathedral's worship program, he also manages the Cathedral’s Concert Series, which includes the Kelty Endowed Organ Recitals which have further recognized the Cathedral for not only musical excellence in liturgy but also for outstanding concerts in the Louisville community. Philip has led the Cathedral Choir on international concert tours to England, Ireland, Germany, and Austria. This summer, the choir will travel to Washington DC for performances in the Arlington area and at the National Shrine. Locally, the Cathedral Choirs have performed with the Louisville Orchestra, have been featured on television, and have appeared for Christmas concerts that have included collaboration with Louisville’s Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral under the title “Christmas with the Cathedrals.” Recent solo performing experiences have included being “Organist in Residence” at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, England; appearing on the L’Organo Recital Series at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC; and concertizing in Hasselt, Belgium and Rome, Italy.

 

Dr. Brisson was instrumental in the founding of the Louisville Master Chorale, a premier chorale ensemble which performs the great chorale literature with orchestra in local churches throughout the Louisville area, where he was Organist and Associate Director for its first five years. Prior to his work with the LMC, he was Chorus Master for the Kentucky Opera and prepared choruses for performances which included Puccini’s Turandot and Madame Butterfly, Verdi’s La Traviata, Il Trovatore and Otello, Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila, Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, Massenet’s Werther, Floyd’s Of Mice and Men, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, and Donizetti’s L'elisir d'Amore.

 

As an organ soloist, he has given recitals in 48 states, with only Hawaii and Utah remaining unvisited. He has appeared with the Lexington Philharmonic, the Oratorio Society of Queens, and with the Louisville Orchestra as guest soloist performing the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony with Raymond Leppard conducting. In the summer of 2011, Philip was also a featured performer for the Region V AGO Convention in Lexington, KY and the NPM National Convention in Louisville, KY.

 

As a teacher, Dr. Brisson served on the faculty of Bellarmine University where he taught organ performance and a Church Music Internship at the Cathedral. Until taking over the Kentucky Opera Chorus, he oversaw the choral program at Indiana University Southeast, where he conducted the Concert Choir, the Community Chorus, and taught choral conducting. He has also presented workshops to the American Guild of Organists and to the National Association of Pastoral Musicians at both the regional and national level. 

 

Originally from New York City, Philip received his BM in Organ Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY. While at Queens, he studied organ and conducting with Paul Maynard, the former director of the New York Pro Musica. After being accepted into graduate organ performance programs at Juilliard, Indiana, and Michigan, Philip decided to attend Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where he earned a Masters in Sacred Music. While at Westminster, he studied organ with Robert Carwithen and choral conducting with Allen Crowell. He was also fortunate to regularly sing under Joseph Flummerfelt in the Westminster Symphonic Choir which performed Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Hindemith’s Requiem with the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch. In 2005, Philip earned a Doctorate in Organ Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he studied organ with David Higgs and received a choral conducting minor while studying conducting with William Weinert.

 

Philip Brisson is active in the American Guild of Organists, has served on the Louisville Chapter’s Executive Committee and has held both the Sub-Dean and Dean positions for the Guild. He is also the National Association of Pastoral Musicians Organist Liaison for the Louisville Archdiocese, has served as Membership Chairman of the Roman Catholic Conference of Cathedral Musicians, and is a member of The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. Dr. Brisson also founded the concert artist cooperative EastWestOrganists.com, which represents several prominent young American organists in the United States. Philip, his wife, and their six-year-old daughter reside in Old Louisville, the nation’s largest Victorian Historic District.